All Over But For The Finger-pointing

Ken AshfordWar on Terrorism/Torture1 Comment

I'm not sure how much I want to blog about the Boston bombers.  I hate this part of the cycle.

It's full-on recrimination time in the right blogosphere.  You can almost here them cry: Who shall we hate?  Chechnians?  Muslims?  Please please PLEASE give us a group that we can hate.  Or let's just hate ALL immigrants.

I think the motive of the bombers is important to know, and what connections, if any, they had.  We want to learn, in order to prevent this from happening again.

But blame?  I blame them.  That's where it ends for me.

And if you must extrapolate to blame a wider group, then blame America.  Not all of it, or out ideals.  But if we're supposedly the greatest country in the world, with the greatest freedoms, etc., then why did these two boys feel like such outsiders that they were (apparently) drawn to anti-American voices and sentiments?  

Let me put it this way: What happened first — Did they reject America, or did America reject them?

Even now, you hear voices saying, "Do not treat them like Americans.  Treat them like 'enemy combatents'".  They're not.  This is home-grown terrorism, and just because they're not white boys from the South doesn't make it otherwise.

Here's another thing that bothers me: there's already talk of congressional hearings and committees looking into the issue of how this could possibly happen and trying to make sure it never happens again.  That's great.  I applaud that.  

But where was that urgency after Newtown?

UPDATE:  Reuters reports that the Boston suspect will not be treated as an "enemy combatent".  Good.  Our civil courts have done a fine job in dealing with matters such as these.  Cue rightwing outrage.